Click here - to view the Code of Practice for Public Swimming Pools in South Australia

Click here - to view the three minute film introducing the Code of Practice


13 April 2017

Feedback Wanted

Launched in September 2016, the Code of Practice is now undergoing an annual review to improve its functionality within industry.  The Aquatic Advisory Committee are seeking feedback from all users to develop this document.  Please click on the link at the bottom of this page to view the document.  The feedback form is on page 12 (page 15 when printing).  To provide feedback online, please use the following link


Please forward all feedback by 8 June 2017 to:

Aquatic Advisory Committee

c/o Pania Rawlins or

3/95 King William Road, Unley, SA, 5061


September 2016

The State’s first ever Code of Practice for SA Public Swimming Pools has been launched.

The purpose of the project was to create a Code of Practice that incorporates all appropriate documentation for operating a public swimming pool, include areas that have been neglected and create a document that is specific to the SA Aquatic Industry. The Code of Practice did not look to rewrite existing documents, but identify gaps and assign minimum standards for good pool practice.

After much consultation with the industry it was agreed the Code of Practice should be viewed as a benchmark for standards and operating procedures. It was therefore important to make the document as strong as possible by including high minimum standards, rather than focus on lowest possible minimum standards.

The Aquatic Advisory Committee acknowledges the support of the Office for Recreation & Sport 'Sport and Recreation Development and Inclusion Program' for assisting in the completion of this document.

Many people have contributed to this document.

The Board of Recreation SA is grateful to Pania Rawlins and Rebecca Deans for their efforts in driving this project and thank the following members of the Code of Practice Committee for their support and assistance:

Alistair Baird, Amanda Carmichael, Ben Grant, Catherine Foreman, Dael Redmond, Grant Watkins, AUSTSWIM, Julie Stevens, Kelly Lange, Kym A’Court, Nathan Byles, Paul Taylor, Samantha Wharton, Sarah McEwen, Nigel Dennis and Jarrod Manuel.

The Code of Practice aims to benefit all employees and patrons in the aquatic industry by providing a framework for planning and assessing aquatic environments, creating and maintaining safer venues and minimising risks and hazards.

This document is designed to be dynamic and respond to the aquatic industry needs. It will be reviewed annually to ensure it remains the SA Aquatic Industry’s best-practice document.

It is exciting to see that after 7 years of discussion; this document has become a reality.

While the document will be a dynamic and changing document it will help to develop a positive and safe industry.

A three-minute film, and a shortened 60-second version that was created specifically for social media, will be available free to all Watch Around Water member centres for its own use.


For more information, please contact Recreation SA on 8271 6874 or